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In this Aug. 18, 2015, file picture, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick strolls onto the field during a joint NFL football training camp with the St. Louis Rams in Oxnard, Calif. Scandrick left practice at training school with exactly what he told his secondary coach he believed was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his ideal knee.
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015|10:08 p.m.
Orlando Scandrick’s season is over prior to it started after the Dallas cornerback tore 2 ligaments in his best knee in practice at training camp Tuesday.
A person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press that an MRI test revealed splits to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial security ligament. The person spoke on condition of privacy due to the fact that the group had actually not revealed the injury.
Video showed Scandrick’s leg flexing awkwardly under rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead at the end of a play in Oxnard, California. Scandrick, who was carted off the field, had recently returned to practice after sitting out with discomfort in his left knee.
“He said immediately, ‘It’s my ACL. I understand it. It’s gone,'” secondary coach Jerome Henderson said.
The other protective backs formed a circle for a prayer when practice ended.
“I heard it in his voice,” said cornerback Morris Claiborne, a top-10 choice in 2012 who has actually had injury concerns, including a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that restricted him to four games in 2014. “After simply sitting there and looking at him and just holding his hand, squeezing. I understand that sensation.”
Whitehead said he bent down when he believed Scandrick was going to strike him as the receiver came out of a route.
“I type of felt it,” Whitehead said. “I heard him make a noise.”
Scandrick ended up being the group’s finest cornerback as Brandon Carr had a hard time in coverage the previous two seasons and Claiborne underperformed when he made it to the field. The eighth-year player has 48 starts among his 102 games, with a career-high 2 interceptions each of the previous 2 seasons.
His injury will certainly check a position that has a lot more depth than it did entering into training camp last year. The Cowboys picked up fourth-year player Corey White on waivers from New Orleans, and he has actually been solid in camp along with undrafted second-year gamer Tyler Patmon.
Dallas also prepared Byron Jones in the preliminary this year.
“It’s next guy up if he is out,” Henderson stated of Scandrick. “You hate that it happens to such a fantastic gamer. We need to keep moving.”
Tony Romo was amongst numerous Cowboys who tweeted their support of Scandrick not long after practice ended. “Sending out prayers out to Orlando Scandrick,” Romo composed. “Fear he has a broken acl. Your (sic) the best bud.”
The Cowboys have brought Claiborne along gradually in camp, keeping him out of both preseason video games despite the fact that he reported to California much further along than anticipated in his recuperation. And Jones returned to practice Tuesday after an injury earlier in camp to his left shoulder, the exact same one that required surgery when he was at Connecticut.
“Injuries are a part of football, but it’s a horrible feeling when it happens to among your individuals,” Jones said. “I simply hope the very best for him. He’s a veteran, been here a long time. He was anticipating the season.”
All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant had his most extensive work at practice because injuring a hamstring Aug. 2. He missed the offseason in a contract stalemate with the Cowboys.
Tuesday’s practice was the first of 3 this week before the Cowboys break camp ahead of their very first home preseason video game against Minnesota on Saturday night. That could be Bryant’s only possibility to get on the field with Romo prior to the season opener Sept. 13 in the house against the New york city Giants.
“There’s a heightened sense of seriousness every day,” coach Jason Garrett stated earlier Tuesday. “Nothing to do with 3 days.”